(An Unauthorized and Incomplete Guide to Zazen)
Kobun Chino Otogawa once remarked that he did not have any pain when he sat in the lotus posture, and neither did his legs go to sleep. He also indicated that he had no pain from when he first sat the lotus at the age of three (although he did acknowledge that he sometimes had pain in seiza).
Kobun said, “take your time with the lotus”. I’m still taking my time with the lotus.
May 17, 2009
©2009 Mark A Foote (except as noted)
photograph of Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz, California by Ingrid Ringel